Grand Prix of Art is Expanding

Press Release

April 21, 2015

Phoenix Art Workshop and the are proud to announce our very successful Grand Prix of Art is expanding to Delta.  We are excited to have the Corporation of Delta and Artist in the Village Society join us as host partners in the 2015 Grand Prix of Art Circuit BC.  The Delta event will take place July 19th, followed by the Qualicum Beach event on July 25.  Winding up the Circuit September 19th, is the Steveston event, now in its 6th year.  We are now accepting registration for volunteers on our event website Registration for participating artists will open May 1st.

2010 Grand Prix of Art

Our Event

Participating artists will be assigned a painting location by lottery, where they will have 3 hours to complete their work of art, before submitting them for display and adjudication.  Artist are treated to a wonderful lunch and an awards ceremony.  Cash prizes for the  finalists, including several youth and participation awards with be given out with the general public having the opportunity will  to vote for the “People’s Choice Award”.


Phoenix Art Workshop’s 5 annual 2014, Grand Prix of Art was a huge success on Saturday September 20th with sunny skies and 205 enthusiastic artists spread out in 38 painting location stretching from Garry Point Park to our home base, Britannia Heritage Shipyards.  With only 3 hours to paint artist returned to Britannia Heritage Shipyards, paintings in hand to present their work for display and adjudication.

The paintings will be on display until Sunday September 28th from 10am- 5pm.

This year for the first time the event added a photographic element,

Challenging photographers to capture the event in a photo essay competition.

19 Photographers competed, submitting 5 press photos (unedited) that best represented the spirit of the 2014 Grand Prix of Art.


Phoenix Art Workshop, would like to thank our 60+ volunteers, musicians and Judges, our Key partners the City of Richmond and the Richmond Artist Guild, our location partners in Stevenson Village , and our community partners including Coast Capital Savings,  the Richmond News,  Community Arts Council of Richmond, Bean and Beyond Café,  The Steveston Insider,  International Pacific Sales,  Steveston Rotary Club,  Remax,.


Youth Awards

Gert Young Richmond Artist Guild 1st place: Iris Lee

2nd place, Sponsored by Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt: Melody Chen

3rd Place, Sponsored by Timthy’s Frozen Yogurt : Joshua Chen


Honorable Mentions

Pebeo Canada  Larry Tillyer

Pebeo Canada  Alexandra Kuypers


Adult Awards

1st Place Sponsored by Community Arts Council of Richmond : John Hoffman

2nd Place Sponsored by Coast Capital Savings : Dan Gray

3rd Place Sponsored by Vancouver Whale Watch:  james Koll


Beau Photo Essay Award for 5 best photo in a series will be announced in the Richmond News Wednesday September 24th

People Choice Award Sponsored by Coast Capital Savings to be announces September 28th at 3:00pm

Beau Photo Best Photo Award and runnerups will be announced September 28th at 3pm at Britannia Heritage Shipyards



For more information please contact Mark Glavina

Phoenix Art Workshop ~ 3891 Chatham St Richmond BC, V7E 2Z7 604-448-1860


Attention Photographers

Thank you for registering for the 5th annual Steveston Grand Prix of Art.  I am happy to report we have surpassed our goal of 100 artists and are expecting to have to cut off pre-registration later today.    We may allow a few more event-day registrations, weather permitting.  The show must go on regardless of the weather conditions though, and all painting location are sheltered or outfitted with a 10 x 10 tent.  Check today’s Richmond News for advanced copies of the event map/guide.  The maps will be readily available during the race at each painting station as well as at check-in.


The Photo Challenge:

Photographers are asked to capture the Spirit of the 5th Annual Grand Prix of Art in a digital photo journaling competition.


  • Photographers should arrive at Britannia Heritage Shipyards at 9:45 am.  Please present your printed tickets to the registration/check-in area when you arrive.
  • After you check-in please collect your event badges (includes your lunch voucher, raffle ticket, and event guide).  There will be a 20min. briefing session with one of the Judges and some useful tips about event photography. Photographers can explore the entire site from Britannia Heritage Shipyards to Garry Park, and continue to photograph the event, including the award ceremonies and exhibition, until concluding at 5pm.
    • Please be mindful NOT to disturb the artists while they are working (respect their time constraints and concentration).  Artists wanting prints or digital images of your work will be invited to contact you (the photographer) directly.  We are able to add links to your Flickr, Facebook, or other accounts where the public can shop for their preferred photos directly with the photographers.
    • Photographers will be asked to upload 5 unmarked jpeg press images to the event’s Drop Box by midnight September 20th.   We want to see the event through your eyes, not through the excessive use of photo editing tools. Please do not digitally enhance or alter your photographs beyond the basics needed to achieve realistic color balance and sharpness.”
    • The 5 photos for adjudication should be submitted in jpg format. Feel free to shoot in multiple formats if your camera will allow, but we will only accept jpg files with resolution no greater than 1800 pixels longest side.
      • We will email each registered photographer an invitation to the drop box account – please only use the folder with your name on it.
      • Adjudication will take place on the Sunday, with the 5 images of the winning Photo Essay published in Wednesday’s Richmond News.  Join us on Sunday September 28th at 3:00pm at the exhibition in the Seine Net Loft at Britannia Heritage Shipyards for the award ceremony’s Beau Photo Award for best overall photo, Beau Photo Award for best photo essay, and the Coast Capital Savings Peoples Choice Award.
      • Lunch will be served between 1:30 and 3:30 during the event, but we ask that you check out our event web site and event guide for full details of the day’s timetable.


Images and copyright remain the property of the photographer; however the organizers of the event retain the right to use the images online and for marketing purposes including publishing the winning photographs in the local papers, a photographic projection during the course of the exhibition, and on the official Grand Prix of Art Web site. Images showcased on the website will have a Grand Prix of Art logo, be resized for the web, and right-click protected. All other uses must have the photographer’s express permission. In uploading your photographs to Drop Box you are giving your consent to use these photographs in this way.

Attention Artists

Hello Grand Prix Artist


Thank you for registering for the 5th annual Steveston Grand Prix of Art.  I am happy to report we have surpassed our goal of 100 artists and are expecting to have to cut off pre registration later today.    Weather permitting, we may allow a few more event-day registrations.  The show must go on regardless of the weather conditions however, and all painting location are sheltered or outfitted with a 10 x 10 tent.  Advanced copies of our Event Guide are available in today’s Richmond News. But the maps will be readily available during the race at each painting station.


So here is what you Need to Know


  • Artist should arrive at Britannia Heritage Shipyards at 10:00 am.  Please present your printed tickets to the registration/check in area when you arrive.  If you would like to paint at the same location as a friend or partner, please arrive at the check-in area as a pair before proceeding to the location lottery table.
  • After you check in please collect your event badges and then proceed to the location lottery table, where you will select your painting location.
  • Locations are done by random draw (If you would like to paint at the same location as a friend or partner, please arrive at the check-in area as a pair, and then tell our event ambassadors at the lottery table you would like to paint together).
  • There will be volunteer drivers again this year to help those who need some assistance in getting to their painting location.  This year the drivers will drop you off at your painting location, and then pick you up at 4 designated spots marked on your map:
    • The parking lot behind Prickly Pear
    • The bus stop by the Tram at Moncton St. and Number 1 Rd.
    • The cul-de-sac on Moncton at Gulf of Georgia Cannery
    • The gravel parking lot at Timothy’s/Pajo’s at Garry Point


  • Artists can set up and can plan your painting…. But in your mind only!  Remember, no marks on your painting surface before the Gulf of Georgia whistle sounds at 11 am (you are permitted to bring a primed/coloured canvas).  Keep in mind that work cannot be smaller than 8 x 10 or larger than 18 x 24.
  • You must paint at your assigned painting location, within 10 meters/33 feet of your numbered flag. These locations have been sponsored by local businesses, so please respect that and paint from that spot.  Part of the judging is based on how well you represent the spirit of your assigned location.
  • The 11 o’clock Gulf of Georgia Whistle will mark the beginning of the competition.  Ignore the noon whistle . . . but the 2 o’clock whistle means sign your painting, and then put down your brushes!
  • Return to Britannia by 2:30 (if you used our volunteer drivers, see above for pick-up points)
  • There will be a frame table set up with some materials, but these will be shared so you are better off to bring everything you need to make your artwork ready for hanging.
  • All artwork must be framed and labeled (you will find the artwork labels in your registration package).
  • After you submit your work you can present your lunch voucher at the Bean and Beyond tent for an amazing lunch.
  • Judging will take place between 2:30 and 3:30, with awards presented from 3:30 to 4:00, and the exhibition in the Seine Net Loft will open to the public afterwards!


The exhibition will be open Sunday September 21st through to Sunday the 28th  (closed Monday), from 10am – 5pm.  Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award!  Artwork will be for sale at the prices set by each artist.   The Richmond Artist Guild will be conducting sales for the Grand Prix of Art, with a 20% commission going to support that non-profit organization.   All unsold artwork must be picked up on the 28th.


Closing ceremonies will be held at 3pm on Sunday September 28th, where the Photography Awards and the People’s Choice Award will be announced.

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